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sparkle kitchen: lemon meringue quinoa granola

This is the most unique granola recipe I’ve ever tried. It’s crunchy and lemony and sweet.

And so clever that I asked the good and clever Sparkle storyteller if he might include it in a Martin & Sylvia story. And so he did! (That good and clever storyteller!)

You’ll find that our much-loved Martin and Sylvia enjoy it for their breakfast in the Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures story, “Projects”. (A clever recipe for a really clever and fun story.)

This recipe is adapted from one on the Whole Foods website. You’ll find the Whole Foods version here.

I adapted it, changing the oil to coconut oil, and reducing the salt and vanilla. And it’s super-duper good. (Martin and Sylvia’s family thinks so too!)


Lemon Meringue Quinoa Granola


2/3 cups quinoa (uncooked)

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup sliced almonds

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

2 tablespoons poppy seeds

1/3 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup cup honey

1 egg white

1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup dried blueberries



Preheat the oven to 300. In a bowl, combine the quinoa, oats, almonds, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds.

Place the coconut oil and honey in a small saucepan and heat slowly until both are melted together. (If your kitchen is really hot, and the coconut oil is already liquid, you can skip this step!) Add to the grain and seed mix, and toss to combine.

In a different bowl, whisk the one egg white until stiff peaks have formed (this is the meringue part!). Add in the lemon zest, sea salt and vanilla. Fold into the granola, and mix well to combine.

Spread the granola mixture onto a baking pan, and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, give it a good stir, and then bake for 20 minutes more.

Remove from the oven, pour into a big bowl while still warm, and add the blueberries. Stir to combine.

(Note: I found the granola seemed a bit softer and oilier than other granolas, but when it cooled, it firmed right up.)

Serve immediately (to the hungry children who smelled it cooking and are now hanging around your kitchen waiting for a taste) or move to an airtight container to save in the refrigerator for a later day!


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About the Author

Lisabeth Sewell McCann
Doer of Many Wonderful and Odd Things (including CEO)

Lisabeth Sewell McCann has worn many hats at Sparkle over the years, from Sparkle Kitchen Blogger to Editorial Director to Doer of All Odd Jobs. Her primary role is as CEO. Lisabeth and David live in Austin, Texas with their two sons.

About the Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures Series

Martin and Sylvia can find fun and adventure just about anywhere they go! When the the brother and sister don their explorers' hats, the whole back yard becomes a new land waiting to be discovered. The spring brook becomes a rainforest river! The apple trees become hot air balloons! The neighborhood library is a wizard's castle! These stories delight in the children's adventures at home and beyond.